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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Free Pick 9/7/13

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (0-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (0-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Commonwealth Stadium)

The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -17 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds

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The Kentucky Wildcats and the Miami of Ohio Redhawks face off on Saturday in Lexington in college football action.

The Mark Stoops era as the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats didn’t go as he would have hoped as UK dropped their opener against WKU. Kentucky started Jalen Whitlow at QB and he threw for just 78 yards but ran for 75 yards and a touchdown but Maxwell Smith replaced him when the score started really moving against the Wildcats. Raymond Sanders ran for 98 yards while Demarco Robinson had five catches including a 34-yard touchdown and Anthony Kendrick had three catches for 56 yards. The Kentucky defense allowed 487 yards as they were virtually defenseless against the pass with WKU completing 27 of 34 attempts. Linebacker Avery Williamson had 14 tackles on the day, Kahlid Henderson had 10 tackles, and Fred Tiller and Blake McClain had seven tackles each. It was a disappointing result for UK but they had some positives despite all of the things they will need to work on to turn it around this week.

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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Free Pick 9/7/13

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The Miami (OH) Redhawks hung in with Marshall for the first half last Saturday but in the second half it was a different story as they were run over by the Thundering Herd. The Miami offense gamed just 239 yards and after being tied 14-14 the Redhawks allowed 38 unanswered points. Senior QB Austin Boucher completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 165 yards with a touchdown and an interception. No one took control of the Miami ground attack as Austin Gearing was the team leader with 27 yards and Dawan Scott had 21. The Miami receivers were no better with Steve Marck catching four passes and Rokeem Williams had three catches including a touchdown. The Redhawks defense was pitiful, especially in the second half, as Marshall had 591 yards of total offense. Kent Kern had 13 tackles, Jay Mastin had 12 tackles, and J’Terius Brown recorded a sack. It will take all that Miami has to bounce back after last week’s second half.

Kentucky is 2-5 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the point spread, 5-0 against the spread against the MAC, and 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games overall. Miami is 2-5 against the spread following a loss, 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 games overall, and 1-4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record.

While Kentucky doesn’t look to be ready to be a winner Miami (OH) is horrible and going on the road in the SEC doesn’t look like a good spot for them.

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